Launch New Holiday Traditions Once You Have Moved to Little Rock

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a child and the greatest day ever was when the Sears Wish Book arrived in the mailbox? Okay, in case you are too young to have that miraculous remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, sporting a gorgeous, delightfully lit tree on the cover, and pages and pages of toys, and bicycles, and dollhouses--and matching pj's for the family. That catalog cover was an inspiration for a flawless Christmas for countless kids who are Amazon-savvy grown ups today, and admit it, you sort of miss the excitement of opening that Wish Book and finding that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That's the thing about traditions--they eventually phase out, and something new takes the place of the old. At times they reach a natural and organic conclusion--the identical pajamas come to mind--but in other instances, a tradition ceases too abruptly, causing you to be stuck in an emotional vacuum. That is a prevalent occurrence when you have moved to Little Rock and are facing that initial holiday season in a new area, without your "this is what we typically do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you never actually like going to your Aunt Myrtle's for dried out turkey for Thanksgiving? And those former neighbors whose idea of decorating was a yard (and roof) full of inflatables?? Well, it is time to let it go and start new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones want to do.

Friendsgiving

This is a millennial thing that's caught on over generational divides (some millennials have teenagers in high school these days), as a group that is on the move and so spending the holidays away from their own home and family. Ask a few new friends--neighbors, co-workers, kid's friends families--over for a Friendsgiving meal. You supply the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you are breaking out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everybody provides a vegetable or a dessert. Don't believe you need to invite thousands, ask as few or as many as you like.

Volunteer

There are many volunteer choices over the holidays, and you can do it yourself, or as a family unit. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee boutiques can be a superb source of finding options, covering anything from helping out in a soup kitchen to providing holiday dinners and presents and wrapping gifts for kids.

Attend an Event

Shocking as it can be to comprehend, there is far more to holiday activities than an additional amateur performance of the Nutcracker. You can find holiday concerts, tree lightings, plays, as well as religious events. Lots of little municipalities host light extravaganzas--find out if there is one in your area. A few cities in the South set up outside ice-skating rinks during the holidays--of course, you may wear shorts, however do bring mittens since it's a little chilly out there on the ice.

Movie Night

We all grew up with the Grinch, and those great Rankin-Bass movies--who could possibly ever forget about the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Create a weekly movie date over the holidays and revisit the old "Miracle on 34th Street" one week, and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or "Christmas With the Kranks" the next.

Consider taking A Vacation

If you are just not feeling the holidays this year, and you could manage it financially, consider taking a getaway. It's not too late to plan a trip somewhere hot and sunny, however if that is not in the budget head someplace close by. If you can possibly comfortably travel there, New York is at its finest during the holidays--the big tree at Rockefeller Center goes up ahead of Thanksgiving, as well as the holiday shop windows down Fifth and Madison Avenues are virtually worth the visit.

Stay Connected

The online world can make it so simple to remain in touch with old family and friends when you're moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for sure, yet ultimately more sweet than bitter. You may share your activities immediately or even browse through photos more unhurried down the road. In any event, stay upbeat--New Year's is only a week away after which it is all over until next year.

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